Saturday, November 3, 2007

Little Ben Secrets

Watch some the secrets behind Little Ben on this excellent video:

Little Ben making history

This is a historic day not only for robotics but also for Penn Engineering.
Little Ben has just completed a total of 19 complex driving missions in 6
hours while obeying all California driving laws. Congratulations to Dan Lee
and all members of the Little Ben team for this historic achievement! They
have all made us all so proud.

In addition to Little Ben, Stanford, CMU, and Virginia Tech have completed
the race, while MIT and Cornell are about to finish soon. Noone expected
six teams to complete the race, clearly indicating of how much robotics has
evolved over the past decade. The remaining five finalists dropped during
the first two hours of the competition.

There is a complex scoring formula that will be used in ranking the teams.
But regardless of scoring and ranking, completing the mission is the
greatest accomplishment, and, in our opinion, all teams are winners. You
can watch the official award ceremony tomorrow, Sunday from the DARPA
website at: . The (current) schedule is as follows:

Sunday, November 4
11:00AM EST Recognition of finalists
13:00PM EST Awards ceremony, press briefing to follow

Check the above website for potential schedule changes but also for great
highlights from today's race. There were some scary moments, even for
Little Ben. But in the end, everything worked.

We will be organizing a party for the return of the team, as well as a broad
seminar with Little Ben videos from the competition. More info on this

Congratulations Little Ben! What a fantastic day!

George J. Pappas
Professor, GRASP Director
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Urban Challenge Finals - Time update

Opening ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM ET, and vehicles will begin to launch at 11:00 AM ET.

NQE Highlights [video,pic]

Ben Franklin racing team is one of only 11 teams which will compete in the final event on Saturday Nov 3rd 9:30am ET.

Watch a video of highlights from the NQE here:

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

!!! :) Ben qualified for the race :) !!!

Ben qualified for the Urban Challenge Final event!!!

The Ben Franklin Racing team is one of only 6 teams, out of 35 teams that arrived to the National Qualifying Event, that were qualified early for the Urban Challenge race.

Great Work ....

Watch the final event in a live webcast from Victorville, CA on Nov. 3rd 2007 starting 6:20 PT.

In a message from the trenches:
Dear All,

We have just heard that we are unofficially through to the final, in
addition to CMU & Stanford. The competition has been really tough
this year but Ben has performed really well. Next up - taking Tony
Tether's money :)

-Ben Franklin Racing Team

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ben is leaving for the NQE

The team is about to leave to Victorville, CA. For the National Qualification Event (NQE) which will be held between October 26 - November 1.

35 teams and their vehicles will compete in a qualification round for a chance to compete in the finals. The finalists will be announced on November 1.

On Saturday November 3rd there will be a live webcast of the final Urban Challenge event.